Although Koz and Sanborn have toured together, "Side By Side"marks their first recording together. The two sax greats wrote "Side By Side" with Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse and Alice Soyer. Braun produced, recorded and arranged the track and plays trumpet, trombone and keyboards. In addition to playing keyboard and B3 organ, Saisse took on additional production, recording and arranging duties.
The focus of the song is obviously on the two Daves, but Rick Braun and Philippe Saisse are also responsible for making this a really interesting track musically. It was awesome having their deep musicality to draw from as well as their amazing arsenal of sounds to add in the mix.
"Thematically, "Side By Side" is about friendship and "leaning on your friends" even when you can't physically lean on them. Besides the opportunity to record with a true master of the saxophone for the first time, this song for me is about creating that Side By Side feeling. We all need that kind of comfort so badly now, the comfort of leaning on our friends."